Debate Champion to Business Professional

by Taryn DiMartile / January 28, 2014
JANUARY 28, 2014 Category: Student Life
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By Taryn DiMartile

CollegePlus Debate Champion Stephen Roe

He showed up in jeans, a t-shirt and a plaid button down. With a large grin on his face, he reached out to shake my hand and introduce himself, “Hi, I’m Stephen. Nice to meet you!”

This scene happened a few weeks ago when I got to meet Stephen Roe, a CollegePlus alum. He came out to San Antonio to record his story and, along with a co-worker, I got to spend the better part of a day with him, hearing his story and learning about who he is as a person.

The first thing that impressed me about Stephen was how well spoken he was, although, considering he was a national debate champion in high school, that really shouldn’t have surprised me.

His focus also impressed me. While a good portion of the CollegePlus students he knew were getting their degrees in two years or less, he was patient enough to realize that if he was going to get the life experience he desired, it was going to take a bit longer than that. He knew there were more important things than just earning his degree - things like learning to communicate your views effectively, ministering to others by teaching English to children in Mexico and getting hands-on work experience through an internship.

I could go on, but as I said before, Stephen is quite well spoken, so I think it would be best if he told you his story on his own.

I love meeting CollegePlus students and listening to their stories. I’m inspired by hearing all about the incredible things God is doing in and through them as they pursue the dreams He has placed on their hearts. Want to join our thousands of students who are pursuing their dreams? Request more information here. Know of any CollegePlus students who inspire you? Send me an email. I’d love to hear about them!


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